Do cleansing tools really work?

Cleansing tools


Cleansing tools are the beauty industry’s newest must-have gadget, claiming to scrub and renew our complexions in a way our hands just can’t do. They do, however, come with a pretty expensive price tag so we’ve reviewed two best-selling gismos from Clinique and Foreo to find out if they live up to the hype. Read on to find our results…


Clinque’s Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush


Review: Cat Hufton

Over the last couple of years, I’ve heard great things about electric cleansing brushes such as the Clarisonic, but the price tag had delayed me trying one (they are quite an investment at around £80 plus). This Christmas, however, I was lucky enough to receive Clinque’s Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush in my stocking and I haven’t looked back. After being initially irritated by husband’s comments of ‘why do you need to brush your face? It’s a con…’ and such like, I found him in the shower treating himself to a mini facial with my brush and Dead Sea Spa Magik foam cleanser. It seems the non-believer has been converted.

So what makes these new-fangled cleansing brushes so great? The way I see it, they work much like an electronic toothbrush and ultimately provide a much deeper cleanse that a flannel or muslin cloth. I was a bit worried that I’d find it irritating on my skin, but I’ve been using it day and night since Christmas and can see and feel a noticeable difference in my complexion. Things look calmer, cleaner, less oily and pores are less visible.

Clinique advises using it once a day to begin with, which is a great way to let your skin get used to a new squeaky clean ritual. Remove your makeup first with an initial cleanse, and then apply a small amount of cleanser to a wet brush head. Once you turn the brush on, it vibrates in 30 seconds bursts. For the first 15 seconds, use the brush to massage the cheeks in circular motions with the white part of the Swiss-engineered brush, ten use the last 15 seconds to get into the T-zone and congested parts of the nose with the harder, darker green section. Refresh your face with a final splash of water and voile – cleaner, smoother skin! I recommend using foam products such as Clinique’s liquid facial soap, or Dead Sea Spa Magik’s cleanser – both are gentle but very effective used with the brush.

I’d recommend this product for anyone suffering from congested skin, or a complexion prone to breakouts. It’s also great for just implementing into a good skincare routine as it gives the skin a lovely, healthy glow and keeps on top of blackheads.

Clinque Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, £79

Price: 8/10

Short-term results 9/10

Long-term results: 9/10


Foreo’s Luna Mini™ cleansing brush


Review: Roberta Lister

When it comes to the cleansing-brush craze, I was initially inclined to agree with Cat – £80 to clean my face? But I have hands! And thanks to Suqqu’s brilliant Gankin masterclasses – if you don’t know, get to know here.  I’m pretty good at utilising them for a thorough facial massage.

But when Foreo’s dainty little Luna Mini gadget dropped through my door, my interest was peaked. This super high-tec gadget uses T-Sonic™ technology to direct 8000 pulses per minute across the skin surface, and is made entirely from silicone – no bristles –  which is gentle, flexible, and perfectly hygenic. The thicker touch-points at the top of the device are great for an oily T-zone, while the slimmer points on the sides are great for sensitive cheeks. Furthermore, the gentle massage really works to relax muscles and boost circulation, leaving skin plumper and fresher for the rest of the day – something even my trusty manual massage can’t compete with.

I tested the gadget for 10 consecutive days, using it morning and night for the advised two minutes. My cleanser of choice was Omorovicza’s brilliant Hydra Melting Cleanser, which has a gel-to-oil formula that melts in beautifully. The gentle pulsations make light work of makeup and un-clog pores brilliantly, leaving skin perfectly prepped for serums and creams.

My skin is drier and more sensitive than Cat’s, meaning I don’t get on as well with Clinique’s cleansing brush – the rotary scrubbing is a little too much. However, the Luna Mini’s gentler approach is ideal, and after the 10 days my skin feels cleaner (not tighter) and has a noticeable glow.

So,  while the Luna Mini doesn’t provide the super-deep clean of Clinique’s offering – and isn’t as suited to super-congested skin – it’s ideal for sensitive complexions that just need a little extra love. And the icing on the cake? A single charge lasts for 300 uses – perfect for lazy girls like me.

Foreo Luna Mini™, £99 at

Price: 7/10. £99.

Short-term results: 10/10

Long-term results: 9/10




Cat is the beauty-obsessed founder of the London Beauty Insider. She is a London=based writer and editor and also regularly contributes to the Telegraph, Metro, L'oreal, MATCHESFASHION.COM and Grazia Arabia.

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